500 Students to Spend Christmas With Ron Paul
Will campaign door-to-door in Iowa, New Hampshire
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2011 4:57 PM CST
Updated Dec 4, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, gestures while speaking at a town hall meeting in Keene, N.H., Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

(Newser) – Some 500 college students will campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire over the holidays as part of “Christmas Vacation with Ron Paul.” The students will head door-to-door and make phone calls for the Texas congressman, the Houston Chronicle reports. “I firmly believe the next generation needs us to fix our problems now, so there will be a great country left to give them,” Paul told young supporters in an email.

Paul has no shortage of youth backing: Colleges nationwide have “Youth for Ron Paul” chapters, including one at Cornell with some 1,370 members. Paul’s campaign expects the operation to cost about $600,000—$45 per young campaigner—and he’s hoping supporters nationwide will help defray that cost. “Although this program is very cost-effective, it still costs money. And that is something our campaign will need much, much more of in the coming weeks,” he says.